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North Norfolk popular triathlon held in Wells-next-the-Sea

By Pete Woodhouse

North Norfolk’s popular triathlon held in Wells-next-the-Sea was staged by the Wells Harbour Maritime Trust on a glorious sunny morning.

The start, transition and finish were all based on the picturesque quayside.

The 1.5km open water swim was held in the sea in Wells Harbour, followed by a 40km bike route around North Norfolk coastal villages in a loop returning to the quay.

The 10km run took you along the North Norfolk coastal path and out onto the beach, returning to the quayside.

Out of 268 teams seven members of the Fenland Running Club conquered the Triathlon – five as individual entrants and two forming a relay team with another.

Stuart Follen stormed home in an overall time of 2:30:15 (swim 28:37, cycle 1:13:54, run, 44:50) followed by Alan Bird in 2:40:02 (swim 26:42, cycle 1:12:37, run 58:02). First Fenland lady was Larissa Follen in an overall time of 3:06:22 (swim 32:30, cycle 1:29:56, run 59:17) followed by Sarah Rippon in 3:29:11 (swim 32:21, cycle 1:35:38, run 1:16:13) and Sharon Bird in 3:35:17 (swim 34:36, cycle 1:39:10, run 1:15:58). Fenland members Emma Bonner and Sarah Gauvin teamed up with cyclist Anthony Bye to form a relay team with an overall time of 2:40:48 (Emma swim 30:37, Anthony cycle 1:17:18, Sarah run, 51:10).

Report and photo: Sarah Gauvin.

Picture: North Norfolk Triathlon, from left: Larissa Follen; Stuart Follen; Sharon Bird; Alan Bird; Sarah Rippon.

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